BornTroWay Project: Promoting Youth Empowerment Through The Arts

BornTroWay is a FREE creative arts
training initiative. The 7th edition of the project tagged “BornTroWay Oshodi-2” will take place from the 30 June to 4 July April 2014 at the Central Primary School, Oshodi (new Local Government secretariat), Lagos.

The project aims to promote individual self-confidence, self-expression and teamwork among 35 youths (aged 15-25) in Oshodi. It entails a free week long training which will culminate in a performance open to the general public on Friday 4 July 2014 at the Central Primary School, Oshodi and at the Oshodi Market at 12noon.

Interested participants are hereby cordially invited to free and open auditions on Saturday 28 June 2014 at the Central Primary School, Oshodi (near Local Government secretariat), Lagos. Ilaria Chessa of Planet Heart Foundation and co-founder of the project said

‘This is our second visit to the community of Oshodi – the first was two years ago on 13-18 August 2012. We are excited to bring back our workshop and use spoken word, music, dance and acting to focus on the issue of ‘waste’ — environmental issues and human waste (undiscovered, untapped or underutilized talent)”

BorntroWay will be led by seasoned instructors including musician, producer and MTN Project Fame judge, Ade Bantu; actor, dance and performance artist Segun Adefila; and AJ Dagga Tolar, spoken word poet, front-line activist and social crusader. The workshop will be honored for special master classes by seasoned artistes like actor and musician Wale Ojo, musician Daddy Shokey and dancehall artiste Baba Dee.

BornTroWay was founded in 2011 by Ilaria Chessa and Ade Bantu. It is supported by organizations and individuals committed to youth development and to the arts as an instrument for personal empowerment and social transformation.

According to Ade Bantu, co-founder of the project, BornTroWay was launched in Ajegunle, Lagos, in May 2011 and has since travelled to Port Harcourt, Oshodi, Bariga and Obalende. One of the project highlights was an invitation to train participants at the world climate conference in Durban, South Africa.

In the future, BornTroWay will travel to other Nigerian cities scouting for acts and artists to partake in the production of a musical that will tour Nigeria.

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